JAN 23: This week in Philly film…


WED January 26, 2011
International House, 6:30 PM

Luis Bunuel Double Feature

Viridiana (1961), Spain, 90 min, 35mm
The Phantom of Liberty (1974), France, 104 min, 35mm
Erotic fantasy and absurdist comedy…FREE ADMISSION!!!  What a treat.

THU January 27, 2011
International House, 7:00 PM

The Secret Cinema presents:

The Oldest Profession (1967)
Dir. Various, France, 109 min, 35mm
Rare 35mm print of this little seen French anthology film.  A look at prostitution through the ages courtesy of pretty ladies (Jeanne Moreau, Raquel Welch) and talented directors including the great Jean-Luc Godard.  This film is unavailable on DVD and will be screened with additional surprise shorts.  Sure to be a night well spent.

Also screening this week:

Against the Tide
(MON, 7:00 PM, Gershman Y), a documentary that examines the Roosevelt Administration during the Holocaust; a 1987 film about a killer alien named Predator (MON, 8:00 PM, Trocadero); One Book One Philadelphia continues with a screening of Smoke Signals (WED, 7:30 PM, BMFI); the fine folks over at Geekadelphia present a midnight screening of Kill Bill Vol. 1 (FRI, MIDNIGHT, Trocadero).


The Mechanic (Wide) Remake of the 1972 Bronson film with Jason Statham in the lead and Simon West at the helm.  You know what to expect.  I just realized that I haven’t seen a Jason Statham film since 2001’s Ghosts of Mars so maybe I shouldn’t judge…I’ve heard good things about those Crank movies.

The Rite (Wide) Anthony Hopkins stars in an exorcism film from the director of 1408 (yikes!).  Rutger Hauer is in it so it can’t be all bad.  OR CAN IT?

Another Year (Ritz 5) Mike Leigh’s latest film concerns a happily married, middle-aged couple who zzzzz…
NOTE:  I actually like quite a few Leigh films, but this synopsis is rather dry:
Spring, Summer, Autumn, Winter. Family and friendship. Love and warmth. Joy and sadness. Hope and despair. Companionship. Loneliness. A birth. A death. Time passes… A happily married, middle-aged couple is visited by a number of friends who use them as confidants. Apple.com

Notable Blu-ray/DVD releases for TUE January 25:
Enter the Void
, Santa Sangre, Dogtooth, Red Hill, Broadcast News (Criterion Collection)
Additional releases:

Secretariat, Red, The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest, Saw [3-D]: The Final Chapter, Nowhere Boy, Client 9: Rise and Fall of Eliot Spitzer

Can this weekly update provide any further conveniences?  Let me know!

Author: Eric Bresler

Eric is the Founder/Site Editor of Cinedelphia.com whose additional activities are numerous: Director/Curator of the Philadelphia Mausoleum of Contemporary Art (PhilaMOCA), founder of Tokyo No Records, the brain behind Video Pirates, and active local film programmer including the Unknown Japan screening series. He’s served as a TLA Video Manager, Philadelphia Film Society Managing Director, and Adjunct Professor in Cinema Studies at Drexel University. He is shy and modest. Email Eric.

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